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Amana model #BRD18V1

Replaced defrost timer and pressure switch 18 months ago, now it just doesn't run at all. 11 yrs old...

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Posted on Jan 02, 2017

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SOURCE: Does new defroster timer require adjustment?

 there are 3 components in the defrost system that can go bad. timer, defrost thermostat, and defrost heater. since youve already replaced timer that means youve eliminated it as a bad component. the most common defrost system failure is actually the defrost thermostat. moisture will infiltrat into the control and ause it to short out. the way to check it is:

  • unload freezer section
  • remove shelving
  • remove icemaker if applicable
  • remove rear access cover
  • once coil is exposed look for a round disc shaped peice that is attached to the top of the coil and has 2 wires going to it
  • hopefuly the control will still be frozen
  • using a multimeter set to ohms sheck for continuity on the 2 wires that go to control
  • if the control has continuity then you have a bad heater if no cont then bad defrost sensor
  • in alot of cases you will actually see that the control has seperated and come apart and you will not even need a meter.
I hope this helps you out. while you have unit pulled apart and after youv'e diagnosed the problem use a hair dryer to defrost ice build up on the coil. this will get the unit working temporarily until you get a replacement part.  thanks Peyton

Posted on Mar 19, 2009

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SOURCE: I have a ARB2205CS that is 6.5 yrs old. It stopped

Yes your compressor is coming to a stop. There was a 5yr warranty I am sure but if it's 6.5yrs now it's still beyond coverage. I would call some authorized companies familiar with these models who replace the compressors. Not all companies do. Shop around for the best price. I am sure you can do better than $700. I can usually compete that job in 1.5hrs. And the replacement is a great compressor.

Posted on Jul 01, 2009

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Posted on Jan 17, 2010

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SOURCE: I have amana bottem freezer,1 month ago i

Hello, Unfortunately the compressor likely is seized now. There are a couple of reasons that the original start device failed, 1) faulty connection. 2) poor quality part. 3) compressor was running non-stop due to other deficiencies in the unit or 4) the compressor was failing to begin with. The compressor may indeed check out ok as far as electrically ( windings ) but the mechanical component ( rotor ) has locked/seized up. You can determine whether it is the windings by checking the ohm value between common to start, common to run and run to start ( c-s, c-r, r-s ) and look for values similar to 6ohms, 3ohms, & 9ohms. Then check the start and run & common windings against the compressor casing to see if windings are shorted. In order to double check the mechanical component you'd need another hard start, ( or a test cord direct to 120vac, but that should only be done by an experienced tech ). nothing else will start it at this point obviously or you wouldn't be using a hard start already. The other unfortunate issue is this, many of these compressor's have a 10yr. parts only warranty but that was voided as soon as the 3in1 hard start was installed. In the end I'm likely not telling you anything you didn't already suspect or know in fact, but it is likely the compressor. I sympathsize, seized compressors **** ! Hope this answers your question and moves you forward. good luck macmarkus :)

Posted on May 08, 2010

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SOURCE: I have an Amana BRD18V1 or V2, bottom freezer.

I assume you mean water leaking on floor of bottom freezer? There should be a small hole in floor in back to drain defrosted water down to pan under unit. This line might be clogged with food or frozen water. Carefully pour some hot/boiling water down tube to clear. You should see it empty into pan under unit where fan evaporates it.

Posted on Jul 15, 2010

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Kim pull refrigerator away from wall and unplug power. Remove lower panel that cover compressor and condenser fan and condenser coils. Don't wait too long but feel the top of compressor and tell me if cool, warm or too hot to hold had there. Let me know those results as I gather up the possible problems that could be related. Did you by chance check the defrost timer by turning timer through opening below and behind the Control panel=> ARB2217CSR Control Panel Did you say you changed a switch or thermostat here? See the defrost timer in photo at location 12? Try turning clockwise slowly until compressor starts or stops what ever may be happening. If stuck in defrost the timer part number=> 67001036 Defrost Timer It is possible that is the only problem but I will wait until I hear from you on turning the defrost Timer and feeling the top of compressor. If this post is helpful please rate, Thank You, John Tripp/AKA Sea Breeze

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Since you did not inclde a model number this is a generic response. What your describing is caused by the unit not automatically defrosting.
The parts of the automatic defrost system are:
1. The defrost control / This can be a mechanical clock timer or electronic adaptive defrost control
2. The defrost heater
3. The defrost thermostat or thermistor (depending upon model number)

One of the three has failed. I doubt #3 (thermostat or thermistor) is the problem as it would usually cause the unit to stay in the defrost mode and everything would thaw out.

You can find parts by going to this page:
You must choose servicer and then enter your model number to get the parts manual.

If nothing else... download your parts manual and look up the parts that are replaced on your unit to see if you got a fair shake on your repair. Just net search the part numbers.....

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I have an Amana 25 Side by Side Refrigerator, approximately 20 + years old. The freezer side doesn't seem to maintain the cold for freezing. I have vacummed and cleaned around the coil, in...

The evaporator coil behind the cover on the back wall inside the freezer will ice up under normal conditions. Every 8 to 10 hours for around 20 minutes the defrost timer (or in most newer models the electronic adaptive defrost control) will turn the defrost heater on to melt the built up ice. There is a defrost thermostat which prevents the heater from overheating the freezer by breaking the heater circuit when the temp reaches close to 32 degrees F. The entire cooling system shuts off during the defrost cycle and starts back when the timer advances through the cycle.

If this ice is not melted it will continue to build up until the air can't flow over the coil to circulate the cold air through the freezer and into the fridge. The temperature change in the fridge is usually noticed first followed by the freezer.

If the defrost thermostat is bad, it can prevent the heater from coming on OR it won't turn the heater off when it gets too warm. It is clamped to the evaporator coil at the top to sense the temp. If it appears to be misshapen it is bad.
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The defrost heater is located on the evaporator. It is in a tube which is at the bottom and can also go up the sides of the evaporator. On some types you can see a burnt spot if it's bad. With an ohm meter it should show continuity from end to end when disconnected from the wiring in the freezer. You can also test the wiring for voltage when it's in the defrost mode.

If you have a defrost timer you can test it. It can be located under the fridge behind the kick panel on the front. Some are in the fridge with the controls at the top. You can turn the defrost timer till it clicks and everything shuts down. The heater should now come on. If it does, replace the timer because that means the timer is not running. If it doesn't, check the heater and defrost thermostat. Turn the timer again till everything starts back up to end the defrost cycle.

If you have an adaptive defrost control instead of a timer, replace it if the heater and thermostat test good. It is located in the fridge with the controls in some models and on the back in others.

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Totally Unreasonable if you don't mind me saying so. The person who told you that story was thinking of an absorption unit more than likely.

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